Product development

Sustainability has always been the main principle of Tikkurila’s product development. Sustainability is present in all of the phases of the product development process, which is why it may take several years for a product to advance from product development to being sold to consumers.

Our priority is to ensure that production is safe and that our products meet strict quality and safety requirements. We are developing easy to use, quick-to-apply, and durable products that prolong the service life for surfaces and enable longer periods between repainting. We are committed to thoroughly investigate the net impact of our products on the environment.

One of the most significant advances in product development is replacing solvent-based products with waterborne products - while maintaining product performance.

Eco-labels largely define the framework for the product development process: what raw materials the paint can contain, what type of product packaging should be used, and the instructions that need to be provided to consumers. We use the international EcoVadis system to monitor the sustainability of our raw material suppliers, for instance. This allows us to get a better picture of our entire range of suppliers' sustainability and the most critical aspects of a product's life cycle.

Tikkurila is ranked in the EcoVadis Gold category that includes only 5% of all companies and 4% of the companies in the paint industry.

Life cycle approach

We are committed to thoroughly investigating the net impact of our products on the environment and gathering as many facts and scientific information as possible to guide our product development choices. We want to ensure that our product development provides clear environmental efficiency, rather than simply shifting the environmental impact to another stage of the treated surfaces life cycle or between different environmental impact categories. 

When examining the life cycle of painted surfaces, it becomes evident that we need to pay a lot of attention on how well our products protect the treated surface in its set environment. Tikkurila applies a life cycle approach when developing and evaluating new products and systems. During 2020, we introduced a life cycle simulation software programme. It assists us both in R&D and in preparing environmental product declarations (EPD).

Bio-based binders 

Currently, the trend of product development is focused on bio-based products that have some of their fossil-based binders replaced with bio-based binders. For example, 30% of the paint's fossil-based binders have been replaced with bio-based binders in the recently launched Tikkurila Harmony Care decorative paint. Instead of crude oil, a bio-based binder is made from environmentally friendly raw materials, such as plants, seeds and various materials of agriculture.

Functional solutions 

Functional solutions are also the focus of product development. They provide the customer's process a quality that reduces their environmental impact. This can occur, for example, as a result of reduced energy consumption through boosting the customer's process or decreasing volumes of washing liquids resulting from easier cleaning of surfaces.